Weber’s Third Cross Country Shabbaton


The Weber School cross country team after shabbat dinner in the hotel picture (Courtesy of Rachel Watters)

Zack Naturman

On Friday September 7 2018, the third annual Weber Cross Country Shabbaton kicked off. This tradition of sleeping at a hotel and walking to a cross country meet has been an extraordinary experience for both the athletes and the coaches to bond and relate out of school or a practice environment.

At 6:30 Friday evening, the team packed their bags and traveled to the Hilton Garden Inn, located a mile away from The Marist School. The team started their evening of activities by hanging out in each other’s rooms. The team then went into the basement to have a customary Shabbat dinner. Everyone shared stories about their year, including low moments and great moments, and then everyone knocked with a closed fist on the tables saying, “wow.” After the meal, everyone changed into their bathing suits and took a plunge in the pool and hot tub for a relaxing night time swim. The team ended the night, playing card games and sharing laughs in the hotel rooms.

Senior captain Madison Tessler stated, “I love to hang out with different age groups in a non school environment.” The night ended with a fun, yet hilarious game of cards against humanity.

The next morning at 6:30 the team ate breakfast and talked; the team then walked a mile to The Marist School where they would run in the competition for the day. The 5k races had different orders and varsity started first and ended with a group race allowing any participant or athlete to run. Weber freshman Max Chernow, said, “I loved the challenge of the race and having dinner for the first time with the team.” Coach LaGala, assistant athletic director and head coach of the cross country team at The Weber School said, “This was my first time spending time with the team outside of practice, and I loved to see the team outside of a school environment, and how they interacted was amusing to see.” Unfortunately no athletes from Weber placed top 10. The cross country team looks forward to making it four consecutive years of this amazing tradition.

The Weber School Varsity runners Isaac Goldman and Avi Young (Zack Naturman/ The RamPage)